Biographies of Presidents

Member Presidents

  • Anne Sado, Chair, Polytechnics Canada, and President
    George Brown College
  • Dr. Glenn Feltham, Vice Chair and Interim Treasurer, Polytechnics Canada, and President and CEO
    Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
  • David Agnew, President
    Seneca College
  • David Rew, Interim President and CEO
    Red River College
  • Cheryl Jensen, President
    Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Kathy Kinloch, President
    British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Larry Rosia, President and CEO
    Saskatchewan Polytechnic
  • Dr. David Ross, President and CEO
    SAIT Polytechnic
  • Dr. John Tibbits, President
    Conestoga Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
  • Chris Whitaker, President
    Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
  • Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President
    Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

 

Anne Sado

Chair
Polytechnics Canada

President
George Brown College

A native of Toronto, Anne Sado has been President of George Brown College since 2004. Her impact on the vision, direction and culture of the college has resulted in significant growth and has activated a critical public discussion on the value of college education in Ontario’s economic development. 

Anne was named Chair of Polytechnics Canada in February 2013. Polytechnics Canada is the voice of Canada’s leading degree-granting, research-intensive, colleges, institutes of technology and polytechnics that are dedicated to practical technological education and high-quality job creation.  

Anne received one of the country’s highest civilian honours in June 2013 when she was appointed Member of the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. She has also been recognized as one of YWCA’s 2012 Women of Distinction in Education and twice by The Women’s Executive Network™ as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women of 2010 and 2012.

She is Chair of the Board of Orion and past chair of Trillium Health Centre. Anne also sits on the boards of organizations such as the Toronto Board of Trade, Legacy Private Trust, Mount Pleasant Memorial Services and the Toronto Financial Service Alliance. In the past, Anne has also served as Chair of Colleges Ontario’s Committee of Presidents and sat on the boards of the YWCA of Greater Toronto, Junior Achievement and the Canadian Hearing Society Foundation. These volunteer efforts have given her a 360-degree perspective on the social and economic challenges facing the GTA. 

She was inducted into the University Of Toronto’s prestigious Engineering Hall of Distinction in 2010 and awarded the Ontario Professional Engineers Gold Medal in 2007. In 2012 she received The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for her role impacting the socioeconomic vitality of the city through her work at George Brown College. She was also named as one of the 2012 Women of Influence Canadian Diversity Champions. In the past, she has received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for her work with the YWCA of Greater Toronto, the Professional Engineers Ontario Citizenship Award for contributions to her community, and an Arbor Award from the University of Toronto. 

Anne holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering. Anne was also awarded a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from the University of Toronto in June 2011.

Dr. Glenn Feltham

 

Vice Chair and Interim Treasurer
Polytechnics Canada

President and CEO
NAIT

Dr. Glenn Feltham was appointed President and CEO of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 2011.  Born and raised in southern Alberta, Dr. Feltham believes in the essential role of NAIT as a polytechnic in strengthening the Alberta and Canadian economy through hands-on, technology-based education and applied research in partnership with industry. He is a dedicated proponent of NAIT’s relevant and responsive programs delivered through its four educational pillars: science, technology and the environment; health; trades and business.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Science with a major in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Montana, an LLB from Queen’s University Faculty of Law and a PhD from the University of Waterloo School of Accountancy. He is a designated Certified Management Accountant, a Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada and was formerly a member of the Law Society of Alberta.

Prior to joining NAIT, Dr. Feltham was dean of the I.H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. His extensive background includes law, taxation and finance, teaching and institutional administration. He has penned numerous articles in academic and professional journals and has served as president of the Canadian Academic Accounting Association.

Dr. Feltham plays an active role in the community locally, provincially and nationally. He serves on the board of directors of The Citie Ballet Society in Edmonton and is a member of the United Way Alberta Capital Region Campaign Cabinet. He chaired the Taskforce for Teaching Excellence of the Alberta Ministry of Education. He is on the governing council of the Standards Council of Canada.

Previously, Dr. Feltham was chair of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and served on the boards of the Crown Corporations Council of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc.

 

David Agnew

President

Seneca College

With extensive experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors, David Agnew became President of Seneca College on July 1, 2009. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Ombudsman of Banking Services and Investments. Previously, Mr. Agnew was President and CEO of UNICEF Canada, a Principal at the strategy consulting firm Digital 4Sight and Executive Vice-President and Corporate Secretary for the Credit Union Central of Ontario.  Mr. Agnew also headed the Ontario public service as the Secretary of Cabinet from 1992 to 1995, led the Public-Private Partnerships Project and was Chief of Staff to the Premier of Ontario for two years. He was seconded to the University of Toronto from 1995 to 1996, was a Senior Resident at Massey College and is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Mr. Agnew's experience extends to the field of journalism, having worked as a newspaper reporter in St. John's, Ottawa, Toronto and Edmonton.  He is also a director of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

 

David Rew

Interim President and CEO
Red River College

David Rew joined the College in 1979 as Cooperative Education Coordinator and instructor in the Hospitality Department. In 1985 David became Department Head for the Hotel and Restaurant Administration program and then Chair of the Hospitality Department in 1992. He was also Acting Dean, Business and Applied Arts in 2001 and 2003. 

David has been Project Leader for the implementation of Colleague, the College’s enterprise resource planning system (ERP) since its inception in February 2005 and will maintain that responsibility until the completion of the project.

David has a diploma in Business Administration (Hotel and Tourism major) from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute (Ryerson University) and a Masters of Business Administration from Royal Roads University.

 

Cheryl Jensen

President
Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology

Mrs. Jensen is the eighth president of Algonquin College.  She joins Algonquin from Mohawk College, where he held the title of Vice President, Academic for five years. Cheryl first joined Mohawk as a Chemical Engineering Technology professor in 1983 and has served as Dean, Executive Dean, and Vice President of Engineering Technology, Apprenticeship and Corporate Training. Cheryl was instrumental in the development and launch of Canada’s first Bachelor of Technology collaborative degree program with McMaster University and the award-winning Hydro One – College Consortium. She also championed the development of award winning integrated technician apprenticeship programs and led the $27 million transformation of the Mohawk College Stoney Creek campus – the home of the College’s skilled trades and apprenticeship programs.

Cheryl also serves as Chair of the Skills Canada Ontario Board of Directors  She served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors with the Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford YMCA, and as a member of the Hamilton Community Foundation for four years. Cheryl is the recipient of a Hamilton YWCA Woman of Distinction award and a national leadership award from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. 

Cheryl graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Certificate in the Metallurgy of Iron and Steel, and holds a Master of Education in Organizational and Administrative Studies from Brock University.

Kathy Kinloch

President
BCIT

Kathy Kinloch holds a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) from the University of Alberta, a Master’s degree in Leadership, and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching, both from Royal Roads University.

Kathy’s career includes senior leadership positions in health, government and post-secondary education where she has successfully led strategy development. Kathy has served as Senior Advisor, British Columbia Ministry of Health Services, and was integral to the development of a provincial surgical “wait times” strategy. She has also worked as a Chief Operating Officer, Fraser Health, Regional Vice-President, South Fraser, and Vice-President at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

Kathy is a widely recognized educational leader and previously served as President of Vancouver Community College (VCC) from 2010 – 2013.

Kathy is returning to BCIT.  As Dean of the BCIT School of Health Sciences from 2007 to 2010, she was instrumental in leading a “turn-around” to re-engage and increase BCIT's relevance in addressing health sector needs. Kathy then went on to serve as President of VCC where she devoted her time to focusing programming to meet student, industry and community needs.

As the first female president of BCIT, Kathy joins the Institute at a key moment in BCIT history as it prepares to advance its new strategic plan and celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014.

 

Dr. Larry Rosia


 

President and CEO
Saskatchewan Polytechnic

As President and CEO of Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Dr. Larry Rosia leads the province’s primary provider of technical education and skills training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves some 26,000 students.

Dr. Rosia’s priorities include providing students a high-quality, innovative post-secondary education, ensuring that employers have access to a highly qualified and skilled workforce that contributes to Saskatchewan’s prosperity, and that Saskatchewan Polytechnic nurtures a positive and vibrant workplace environment.

Before joining Saskatchewan Polytechnic in July 2012, Dr. Rosia was Dean of the School of Construction at Calgary’s SAIT Polytechnic, a position he held since 1999. His career in education spans more than 35 years, as an instructor, program chair, revenue-generating co-ordinator, marketing manager and Dean.  He has served in advisory roles to community, provincial and municipal committees and been a board member of several regional, national and international organizations.

A SAIT Polytechnic graduate, Dr. Rosia in 2006 completed his PhD in Academic Leadership at the University of Calgary. Notable recognition includes the SAIT Board of Governors’ Award for Business and Industry Partnerships, the Conference Board of Canada Award for Business and Industry Partnerships and the Chair Academy International Exemplary Leadership Award for service to education and to Alberta.

Dr. Rosia is also an adjunct professor at Royal Roads University in Victoria and author of The Successful College President.

 

Dr. David Ross

President and CEO
SAIT Polytechnic

Dr. David Ross became the 16th President and CEO of SAIT Polytechnic in March, 2013.

During almost 25 years as a post-secondary leader, David has focused on creating programs and services that help students achieve their goals. He established an impressive record of building productive relationships with business, industry, government and communities served by higher education.

David holds a PhD in Higher Education from the University of Nebraska; a Master of Aquaculture from Simon Fraser University; and both a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science from Dalhousie University. His scholarly activity includes works on topics such as enrolment management, institutional branding, media relations and the development of baccalaureate programs in non-traditional settings.

Nationally, David is a member of the Private Sector Advisory Board for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and a committee member of NSERC’s Community College Innovation Program.  He is also co-chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and Association of Canadian Community Colleges (AUCC/ACCC) Joint Committee on Transferability and former Executive Board Member for the ACCC.

Internationally, David is Chair of the Community College Baccalaureate Association and Board Member of the Post-Secondary International Network.  He has also served as President of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations and on the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Marketing and Community Development.    

Before joining SAIT, David was President and CEO of Langara College in Vancouver where under his leadership the institution grew to record enrolments in part through repositioning efforts as the leading college in the region. Prior to that, David was Vice-President of Administration, Student Services and Chief Financial Officer at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC. Recently he also served as Chair of the British Columbia Colleges Association, Chair of the British Columbia Post-Secondary Employers Association and Board Member for the British Columbia Business Council.

 

Dr. John Tibbits

President
Conestoga Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Dr. John Tibbits has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Conestoga Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning since 1987.  Prior to joining Conestoga, he held senior administrative positions at Dawson College in Montreal, Touche Ross & Partners in Ottawa and Canada Post Corporation in Ottawa.  Last year, the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce awarded Dr. Tibbits its Lifetime Achievement Award and he was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  In 2000, Dr. Tibbits was voted Business Leader of the Year by the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.  He is a member of the boards of Cambridge North Dumfries Hydro, the Accelerator Network, Canada’s Technology Triangle, the Business and Education Partnership and the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce.  As well, Dr. Tibbits is on the campaign cabinet for the regional United Way.  Dr. Tibbits holds a B.Sc. and a Diploma in Education from McGill University, a M.Ed. from the University of Vermont and a PhD in Education from Boston University.

 

Dr. Chris Whitaker

President
Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Chris Whitaker is the fourth president in Humber’s history. Prior to Humber, Dr. Whitaker was president and CEO at St. Lawrence College. He was previously VP Academic and dean of the School of Business at St. Lawrence. Dr. Whitaker has worked in the Ontario post-secondary sector for 25 years. He brings a strong academic background and a wealth of senior administrative experience to Humber. His education includes a PhD from University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, an MA from York University and a BA from Queen’s University. Among his many commitments to Humber and the Ontario college system, Dr. Whitaker is chair of CONNECT Strategic Alliances, president of the Ontario College Library Service, and a member of the School-College-Work Initiative co-management team.

 

Dr. Jeff Zabudsky

President and CEO
Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Dr. Jeff Zabudsky is Sheridan's sixth president, a position he assumed on February 1, 2010. Prior to joining Sheridan, Dr. Zabudsky worked at post-secondary institutions in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta, including six years as President and CEO of Red River College in Winnipeg.  Dr. Zabudsky holds a PhD in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Alberta, a Masters of Distance Education from Athabasca University and a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Ryerson University.  He was Chair of the 2011 United Way of Oakville campaign cabinet, a member of the United Way of Peel campaign cabinet and a member of Mississauga's Healthy City Stewardship Centre. In addition, Dr. Zabudsky serves on the Brampton Board of Trade's Governing Council and sits on the Board of Directors for the Mississauga Board of Trade. He is also a member of the Halton Industry Education Council and the City of Mississauga's Post-Secondary Task Force.

What People are Saying

Employers from across Canada tell us that there is a current and growing demand for skilled workers in the very fields that your institutions are training young Canadians for. You are producing a 90% employment rate, more than that in certain programs.

Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister for Employment and Social Development, May 7, 2014